TodayApril 16, 2022

Mercedes-Benz Dr Leopold Mikulic Powertrain

2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS)

Dr. Leopold Mikulic, Vice President, Powertrain, Mercedes-Benz Development takes me on a tour of Mercedes’ Bluetec, AdBlue clean diesel.

The Mercedes-Benz E320 CDI Bluetec is the first diesel under 5,800 pounds allowed in all fifty states in years. California has virtually banned diesel engines under 5,800 pounds with its strict regulations concerning diesel.

Now that the United States has clean diesel (down from 500 ppm of sulfur to 15ppm of sulfur) automobile manufacturers are able to bring out the advanced technology that meets all 50 state requirements.

Diesel has great low-end torque and gets about 25 percent more miles per gallon, which means less CO2 per gallon of gasoline.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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